Featuring music by Boards of Canada and Pantha Du Prince.
Destructive fishing techniques are common practice amongst the coastal populations of the Coral Triangle. The favoured methods are homemade fertiliser bombs and potassium cyanide, which have not only decimated reefs in the largest and most diverse marine bio-region in the world but have destroyed countless human lives as well.
Of all these communities, the Bajau Laut have perhaps suffered the most. The Bajau Laut are some of the last true marine nomads. An ethnic group of Malay origin, they have for centuries lived out their lives almost entirely at sea, plying a tract of ocean between Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. In the last few decades, many have been forced to settle permanently on land, but a dwindling number still call the ocean home, living on long boats known as lepa lepa. Traditionally, they fish with nets and lines and are expert free divers, going to improbable depths in search of pearls and sea cucumbers or to hunt with handmade spear guns.
But these traditional techniques have been largely replaced by cyanide and dynamite fishing, practices that are being driven predominantly by the live fish trade – an industry whose global worth is estimated at US $1 billion. The trade’s epicentre is Hong Kong, while Indonesia supplies most of the fish, accounting for nearly 50% of all imports. Target species are grouper and Napoleon wrasse, reef species that are a key to the preservation of coral ecosystems.
Traditional Bajau cosmology – a syncretism of animism and Islam – reveals a complex relationship with the ocean, which for them is a multifarious and living entity. There are spirits in currents and tides, in coral reefs and mangroves. My point of interest is the potential for dovetailing the Bajau’s uniquely intimate understanding of the ocean with wider marine conservation strategies in order to facilitate them in conserving rather than destroying their culture and the spectacular marine environments they have called home for centuries.
"Routine or vicious cycle? An unknown girl breaks out of her daily grind by undergoing an intense audio-visual trip."
presented in Circlescope - an experimental film
Short Tiger Award 2014 / Germany
"Prädikat Besonders Wertvoll" fbw-filmbewertung.com/film/null
Best Experimentalfilm | CineMAiubit International Student Filmfestival 2014 / Romania
Best Picture | U.F.O. Shortfilm Festival 2014 / Germany
Sound Award | Watersprite Cambridge Festival 2014 / United Kingdom
Grand Jury Prize - Best Experimental Short | Nashville Film Festival 2015 / USA
TIFF - Toronto International Filmfestival / Canada
Calgary International Film Festival / Canada
St.Louis International Film Festival / USA
Art Film Festival Cannes / France
Poitiers Film Festival / France
Bangkok International Student Film Festival / Thailand
Skena Up Festival / Cosovo
BSFF No Words Festvial / Italy
Mediawave Filmfestival / Hungary
Germany / exground Filmfest, European Art Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Landhuter Kurzfilmfestival, 34th Filmschoolfest Munich, Unlimited Film Festival, Filmschoolfest München & many more
Directors: David Gesslbauer & Michael Lange
Camera, Animation: Michael Lange
Editing, Sound: David Gesslbauer
Music: Nexothex (soundcloud.com/nexothex)
Production & Distribution: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (for requests: email@example.com)
"10328x7760 - A 10K Timelapse Demo" is a video I put together showcasing the extreme resolution of the PhaseOne IQ180 camera of which it was shot. This footage comes from some shots I did while shooting 4K and 8K timelapses in Rio De Janeiro for a major electronics manufacturer. Each shot is comprised of hundreds individual still images, each weighing in at a whopping 80 megapixels. Each individual raw frame measures 10328x7760 pixels.
Each shot was very minimally processed and included curves, input sharpening, saturation adjustments. The h264 compression really kills alot of the fine detail. No noise reduction was done on any of the shots. I tried to keep the shots as close to raw as possible so you may see some dust spots, noise, and manual exposure changes I made while shooting. For a final video edit these adjustments would be smoothed out and fixed. Normally I run shots where I manually change exposure during the shot through LRTimelapse, but unfortunately the program can't seem to handle such huge raw files. I also had to loop some shots in order to have enough runtime to do some zooms, so you may see a jump in the footage here and there.
Each shot sequence starts off with the full resolution footage scaled down to fit within a 1920x1080 resolution (14% scale). The next shot in each shot sequence is the full resolution shot scaled to 50%, so basically zooming in quite a bit. From there we go into the full resolution shot scaled to 100%, which is an extreme zoom/crop. As you can see, the quality and detail holds up extremely well, it’s pretty amazing.
I wanted to show a couple things with this demo video. First, the extreme resolution of this camera (and medium format in general). Second, the amazing amount of flexibility this resolution allows for in post production. You can literally get about 8-10 solid 1920x1080 shots out of a single shot. You can also get about 5-6 solid 4K shots out of a single shot.
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Artist: Tony Anderson
Song: Hold On
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Pilot epsiode for a travel campaign. We shot this little travel edit with some friends in one day in Zurich. Thank you for the support.
filmed & edited by Tobias Bonfanti / Kris Lüdi
shot on RED Scarlet & Sony FS-700
produced for jimjim.ch
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